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Originally posted by Illmatic67
CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez urged Latin Americans on Saturday not to celebrate Columbus Day, saying the 1492 discovery of the Americas triggered a 150-year "genocide" of native Indians by foreign conquerors who behaved "worse than Hitler."
"Christopher Columbus was the spearhead of the biggest invasion and genocide ever seen in the history of humanity," the populist president told a meeting in Caracas of representatives of Indian peoples from across the continent.
This is awesome. Everything Chavez said was right. I completely agree with him.
Originally posted by onlyinmydreams
Just food for thought... we can bash Columbus now, but would we have the cultural/intellectual superstructure which created the moral standards we use to bash Columbus had he not discovered the new world and set in motion the second blossoming of western civilization?
Originally posted by heelstone
I'm not sure how much death was caused directly by european hands, but its been recorded that the illnesses that were brought over like small pox proved very fatal to this country's inhabitants who had no trace of immunity to it.